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Mayer Brown

1221 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10020-1001, USA
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Work +1 212 506 2500
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David Duffee

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Work +1 212 506 2630
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Mayer Brown

Work Department

Finance

Position

David Duffee is a finance partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office, and is the leader of the firm’s New York Banking & Finance practice. He advises financial institutions and borrowers in lending transactions – both for US-based borrowers and in cross-border financings. A significant part of David’s practice focuses on Latin American lending.

Acquisition financings comprise a large part of David’s practice. He also works on lending transactions with insurance company borrowers. He has extensive experience with work-outs, debtor-in-possession financings and other distressed situations.

Education

Columbia Law School, JD 1984, Head Casenote and Comment Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; St. Olaf College, BA, magna cum laude 1981, Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Mayer Brown's deep commitment to Latin America has been in full evidence over the last decade with its association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, created in 2009, and the launch of a Mexico City office in 2015. A large proportion of the Latin America practice centres on financings, including secured and unsecured financing, acquisition financing, project financing and structured finance. The firm has demonstrated particular prominence in bilateral loans, capital-markets driven financings and hybrid financings, and offshore oil-and-gas transactions. Clients include Banco Itau, Banco Santander, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Global Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. The firm advised Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM), the multinational utilities company and leading multi-utility services company in Colombia, on a $750m syndicated credit facility. It also advised HSBC, as lender, on a $147m refinancing of a rig financing for Grupo México. Douglas Doetsch heads the Latin America practice and is at the forefront of securitisations and structured finance in the region. New York partner David Duffee is co-head of the global lending practice and has a solid record in acquisition and syndicated financings in Latin America. Washington DC partner Gabriela Sakamoto, a Spanish speaker who was born in Buenos Aires, has a major focus on Latin America and advises a range of commercial and agency lenders on financings in multiple jurisdictions. New York and Washington DC partner Christopher Erckert is a leader in project finance and structured finance, including hybrid deals, and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.  Debora de Hoyos is also highly regarded, while restructuring partner Sean Scott is 'able to coordinate with overseas offices and is both an outstanding attorney and a tough negotiator'. Named individuals are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Mayer Brown has a well-regarded and versatile practice that is equally adept at lender- and borrower-side mandates. The firm has expanded significantly in the past year, following the arrival of global co-head Scott Zemser from Allen & Overy LLP in New York. In addition, the team has bolstered its direct lending practice with the recruitment of the new head of global private credit, Matt O’Meara, and a team of lawyers from Jones Day in Chicago. Highlights on the borrower side include advising Tenneco on the financing for its $4.9bn acquisition of Federal-Mogul. On the lender side, the team advised BMO Harris on a $950m senior secured syndicated loan to Ryan Specialty Group. Other key clients include Citibank, Credit Suisse and The Bank of Nova Scotia. Also recommended are Kristin Rylko and joint practice heads David Duffee and Fred Fisher.

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